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Baton Rouge General Earns ACR Accreditation for Breast Imaging Services

18-Feb-2013 Baton Rouge, La. – Baton Rouge General’s Breast Center has been awarded a three-year term of accreditation in stereotactic breast biopsy as the result of a recent review by the American College of Radiology (ACR). The American College of Radiology’s Stereotactic Breast Biopsy Accreditation Program recognizes facilities that have met national best practice quality guidelines for performing stereotactic breast biopsy procedures.

“Baton Rouge General’s Breast Center met a rigorous set of guidelines to achieve this national benchmark for breast care and this accreditation reflects our focus on excellence and the highest quality standards for breast imaging services,” said Dr. Claire Roberts, Director of Breast Imaging for Baton Rouge General. 

A breast biopsy is performed to remove cells – either surgically or through a less invasive procedure involving a hollow needle – from an area in the breast suspected to be cancerous. These cells are examined under a microscope to determine a diagnosis. In stereotactic breast biopsy, a special mammography machine helps guide the radiologist’s instruments to the site of an abnormal growth.

The ACR gold seal of accreditation represents the highest level of image quality and patient safety. It is awarded only to facilities meeting ACR Practice Guidelines and Technical Standards after a peer-review evaluation by board-certified physicians and medical physicists who are experts in the field. Image quality, personnel qualifications, adequacy of facility equipment, quality control procedures, and quality assurance programs are assessed. The findings are reported to the ACR Committee on Accreditation, which subsequently provides the practice with a comprehensive report they can use for continuous practice improvement.

For questions about breast health, contact Baton Rouge General’s Patient Navigator at (225) 237-1600, or email cancer@brgeneral.org.


About Baton Rouge General Medical Center

Baton Rouge General Medical Center is a full-service community hospital, with 544 licensed beds between two campuses. As the first hospital in Baton Rouge, opening its doors in 1900, Baton Rouge General has a long history of groundbreaking milestones, as well as providing the Greater Baton Rouge community with high quality healthcare for generations. 

Baton Rouge General is affiliated with and also serves as a satellite campus of Tulane University School of Medicine. In addition to serving as a satellite campus for Tulane medical students in the LEAD (Leadership, Education, Advocacy and Discovery) Academy program, Baton Rouge General also offers a Family Medicine Residency Program, Internal Medicine Residency Program, Sports Medicine Fellowship Program, School of Nursing and School of Radiologic Technology. Baton Rouge General, an accredited teaching hospital since 1991, is committed to exceptional medical education and serves a diverse population that is representative of the types of patients, injuries, illnesses and healthcare needs most frequently seen by physicians in private practice. For more information, visit www.BRGeneral.org.


About American College of Radiology

The American College of Radiology (ACR) is a national professional organization serving more than 36,000 diagnostic/interventional radiologists, radiation oncologists, nuclear medicine physicians, and medical physicists with programs focusing on the practice of medical imaging and radiation oncology and the delivery of comprehensive health care services.
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